Is ageism alive in Hollywood? Anne Hathaway says yes, and while being young once worked in her favor, the actress now says roles she easily landed in her early 20s are going to much younger actresses.
When speaking to Glamour UK, Hathaway, 32, admitted she reaped the benefits as a young star, therefore she can’t complain about the dynamics of the industry.
“When I was in my early 20s, parts would be written for women in their 50s and I would get them. And now I’m in my early 30s, and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?'”
“I was that 24-year-old once. I can’t be upset about it; it’s the way things are,” she added.
Hathaway stars alongside Robert De Niro in a new film, which centers on ageism in the workplace, called The Intern.
The Oscar-winning actress says she remains optimistic about future work, primarily because of the accolades she has acquired throughout her career, despite being looked over for certain roles, as of late.
“All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you, and if people go to see them, you’ll be allowed to make more,” she told the publication.
The Intern premieres on Sept. 25.